Dreams & Sleep

Dreams | Meditation | Mind Control

Look in to lucid dreaming. Seriously it is a fantastic experience that we are all capable of with a little effort. For good insight into this topic I highly recommend watching this movie (keep an eye out for the red guy, he is Alex Jones):

Waking Life

What is Lucid Dreaming?

So if you haven’t seen or didn’t watch the movie, what is lucid dreaming? It is a state of complete lucidity during a dream. Simply put, while dreaming you realize the fact that you are in a dream. If you learn to hold on to this and not wake up, you become the master of your dream, able to alter anything and do anything. I have only mildly become lucid. Perhaps because of my unconscious concern of waking up because of the realization of lucidity, that is quite a common occurrence. Still, I found it fun to only partially be aware of my dreaming state and allow my mind to come up with scenarios and scenes for my manipulation.

So You Want to Lucid Dream?

Step One: Some Knowledge of How We Sleep:

PART ONE:

The Stages of Sleep

The Stages of Sleep


We all know how sleep looks — when we see someone sleeping, we recognize the following characteristics:

* If possible, the person will lie down to go to sleep.

* The person’s eyes are closed.

* The person doesn’t hear anything unless it is a loud noise.

* The person breathes in a slow, rhythmic pattern.

* The person’s muscles are completely relaxed. If sitting up, the person may fall out of his or her chair as sleep deepens.

* During sleep, the person occasionally rolls over or rearranges his or her body. This happens approximately once or twice an hour. This may be the body’s way of making sure that no part of the body or skin has its circulation cut off for too long a period of time.

In addition to these outward signs, the heart slows down and the brain does some interesting things (more later).

In other words, a sleeping person is unconscious to most things happening in the environment. The biggest difference between someone who is asleep and someone who has fainted or gone into a coma is the fact that a sleeping person can be aroused if the stimulus is strong enough. If you shake the person, yell loudly or flash a bright light, a sleeping person will wake up.

For any animal living in the wild, it just doesn’t seem very smart to design in a mandatory eight-hour period of near-total unconsciousness every day. Yet that is exactly what we are designed to do. So there must be a pretty good reason for it!

PART TWO:

If you attach an electroencephalograph to a person’s head, you can record the person’s brainwave activity. An awake and relaxed person generates alphawaves, an alert person generates beta waves.

During sleep, two slower patterns called theta waves and delta waves take over. As a person falls asleep and sleep deepens, the brainwave patterns slow down. The slower the brainwave patterns, the deeper the sleep — a person deep in delta wave sleep is hardest to wake up.

The Stages of Sleep

The Stages of Sleep

At several points during the night, something unexpected happens — rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occurs. Most people experience three to five intervals of REM sleep per night, and brainwaves during this period speed up to awake levels. If you ever watch a person or a dog experiencing REM sleep, you will see their eyes flickering back and forth rapidly. In many dogs and some people, arms, legs and facial muscles will twitch during REM sleep. Periods of sleep other than REM sleep are known as NREM (non-REM) sleep.

REM sleep is when you dream. If you wake up a person during REM sleep, the person can vividly recall dreams. If you wake up a person during NREM sleep, generally the person will not be dreaming.

You must have both REM and NREM sleep to get a good night’s sleep. A normal person will spend about 25 percent of the night in REM sleep, and the rest in NREM. A REM session — a dream — lasts five to 30 minutes.

Medicine can hamper your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Many medicines, including most sleeping medicines, change the quality of sleep and the REM component of it.Missing out on a good night’s sleep can seriously affect what happens when you’re awake.

PART: THREE

One way to understand why we sleep is to look at what happens when we don’t get enough:

* As you know if you have ever pulled an all-nighter, missing one night of sleep is not fatal. A person will generally be irritable during the next day and will either slow down (become tired easily) or will be totally wired because of adrenalin.

* If a person misses two nights of sleep, it gets worse. Concentration is difficult, and attention span falls by the wayside. Mistakes increase.

* After three days, a person will start to hallucinate and clear thinking is impossible. With continued wakefulness a person can lose grasp of reality. Rats forced to stay awake continuously will eventually die, proving that sleep is essential.

A person who gets just a few hours of sleep per night can experience many of the same problems over time.

Two other things are known to happen during sleep. Growth hormones in children are secreted during sleep, and chemicals important to the immune system are secreted during sleep. You can become more prone to disease if you don’t get enough sleep, and a child’s growth can be stunted by sleep deprivation.

But the question remains — why do we need to sleep? No one really knows, but there are all kinds of theories, including these:

* Sleep gives the body a chance to repair muscles and other tissues, replace aging or dead cells, etc.

* Sleep gives the brain a chance to organize and archive memories. Dreams are thought by some to be part of this process as well as possibly playing out what-if scenarios in case they happen in the waking world.

* Sleep lowers our energy consumption, so we need three meals a day rather than four or five. Since we can’t do anything in the dark anyway, we might as well “turn off” and save the energy.

* According to ScienceNewsOnline: Napless cats awaken interest in adenosine, sleep may be a way of recharging the brain, using adenosine as a signal that the brain needs to rest: “Since adenosine secretion reflects brain cell activity, rising concentrations of this chemical may be how the organ gauges that it has been burning up its energy reserves and needs to shut down for a while.” Adenosine levels in the brain rise during wakefulness and decline during sleep.

­What we all know is that, with a good night’s sleep, everything looks and feels better in the morning. Both the brain and the body are refreshed and ready for a new day.

PART: FOUR

Why do we have such crazy? Why do we dream at all for that matter? According to Joel Achenbach in his book Why Things Are:

­The brain creates dreams through random electrical activity. Random is the key word here. About every 90 minutes the brain stem sends electrical impulses throughout the brain, in no particular order or fashion. The analytic portion of the brain — the forebrain — then desperately tries to make sense of these signals. It is like looking at a Rorschach test, a random splash of ink on paper. The only way of comprehending it is by viewing the dream (or the inkblot) metaphorically, symbolically, since there’s no literal message.

This doesn’t mean that dreams are meaningless or should be ignored. How our forebrains choose to “analyze” the random and discontinuous images may tell us something about ourselves, just as what we see in an inkblot can be revelatory. And perhaps there is a purpose to the craziness: Our minds may be working on deep-seated problems through these circuitous and less threatening metaphorical dreams.

I believe that not all dreams are random, there are those that have premonitions to varying degrees. Also for some dreams they may be a way of working out what-if scenarios.

Here are some other things you may have noticed about your dreams:

* Dreams tell a story. They are like a TV show, with scenes, characters and props.

* Dreams are egocentric. They almost always involve you.

* Dreams incorporate things that have happened to you recently. They can also incorporate deep wishes and fears.

* A noise in the environment is often worked in to a dream in some way.

* Most people usually cannot control a dream — in fact, many dreams emphasize your lack of control by making it impossible to run or yell. Although lucid dreaming makes those dreams controllable as well nightmares and normal dreams. It is important to remember that you are in a dream and you are omnipotent there.

Dreaming is important. In sleep experiments where a person is woken up every time he/she enters REM sleep, the person becomes increasingly impatient and uncomfortable over time.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?
Most adult people seem to need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. This is an average, and it is also subjective. You, for example, probably know how much sleep you need in an average night to feel your best.

The amount of sleep you need decreases with age. A newborn baby might sleep 20 hours a day. By age four, the average is 12 hours a day. By age 10, the average falls to 10 hours a day. Senior citizens can often get by with six or seven hours a day.

Tips to Improve Your Sleep:
* Exercise regularly. Exercise helps tire and relax your body.
* Don’t consume caffeine after 4:00 p.m. or so. Avoid other stimulants like cigarettes as well.
* Avoid alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol disrupts the brain’s normal patterns during sleep.
* Try to stay in a pattern with a regular bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends.

Step Two: Remember Your Dreams:

The best way to accomplish this is to write a dream journal. Keep paper and pen by your bed or type on your computer, like I do, every aspect of your dreams that you can recall as soon as you wake up.

Step Three: Lucid Dreaming Techniques:

Third, it helps to use some techniques and tricks. For more information check out the Lucidity Institute Website.

Instead of me copy/pasting just click here for some great techniques and info from the Lucidity Institute FAQ. There is great info about reality testing, MILD etc. Also if you are about to wake up and want to stay in a dream or change the scene imagine yourself spinning very very fast, this usually helps.

Your Dreams:

Leave some comments about your dream experiences, tips & tricks.

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2 Responses to “Dreams & Sleep”

  1. Love browsing this blog, always learn something new stuff.
    Emily Randall

  2. Thanks for the love Emily 🙂

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